Breens welcomes Aer Lingus Gatwick route – now Aer Lingus must expand their long-haul network from Shannon

January 5th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Welcoming the announcement of a new Aer Lingus Gatwick Service from Shannon Airport; Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Overseas Aid & Human Rights & Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today that this decision was a vote of confidence by Aer Lingus in their short-haul operation out of Shannon. Deputy Breen hopes that this is just the start of the fight back for the Airport; however, he said that given the opening of the US Pre Clearance facilities at T2 at Dublin Airport it is vitally important that Airlines like Aer Lingus also commit to expanding and growing their long-haul network from Shannon Airport. Deputy Breen added that “this summer there is no reason why all Aer Lingus Transatlantic flights should not be cleared through the Shannon facility this summer even those flights which are shared with Dublin.”

“Increasing capacity from Shannon Airport to Gatwick is a very welcome development particularly for the business community here in the Mid-West Region. There is potential to attract a greater number of visitors from the UK to Ireland and Gatwick is also a hub Airport with many tourists travelling in and out of Gatwick Airport from Europe. We should be aiming to encourage a percentage of these tourists to visit the Shannon Region.”

“As well as committing to their short-haul network out of Shannon, I would have liked see Aer Lingus give a clear indication on the future of their long-haul operations out of the Airport. The opening of T2 at Dublin Airport and the availability of US Pre Clearance facility in this Terminal poses huge challenges for Shannon Airport in sustaining their transatlantic network. That is why, I am so disappointed that the Shamrock w2 at Dublin Airport it is vitally important that Airlines like Aer Lingus also commit to expanding and growing their long-haul network from Shannon Airport. Deputy Breen added that “this summer there is no reason why all Aer Lingus Transatlantic flights should not be cleared through the Shannon facility this summer even those flights which are shared with Dublin.”

“Increasing capacity from Shannon Airport to Gatwick is a very welcome development particularly for the business community here in the Mid-West Region. There is potential to attract a greater number of visitors from the UK to Ireland and Gatwick is also a hub Airport with many tourists travelling in and out of Gatwick Airport from Europe. We should be aiming to encourage a percentage of these tourists to visit the Shannon Region.”

“As well as committing to their short-haul network out of Shannon, I would have liked see Aer Lingus give a clear indication on the future of their long-haul operations out of the Airport. The opening of T2 at Dublin Airport and the availability of US Pre Clearance facility in this Terminal poses huge challenges for Shannon Airport in sustaining their transatlantic network. That is why, I am so disappointed that the Shamrock will not be taking off from Shannon Airport for St. Patrick’s Day this year and that the a